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Arts and Culture Frankston

Description

Mike is based in Melbourne. At 20, he received a scholarship to study art in New York, which lead to working as a bike messenger for 10 years in 10 cities and leaving his mark on many walls.

Description

Makatron's artwork captures a world in which the natural forces fight back against humanity, reclaiming the earth from the uncaring advance of civilization. Focusing on the friction point between man, beast and machine, Maka presents a message to mankind to step foot outside of the concrete jungle and reconnect with mother nature and the animal in all of us.

He is primarily a painter who works in a variety of media, mainly on walls, canvas and illustration on paper. He has traveled and created work around the world, painting the Berlin Wall to the River Ganges. An active member of Everfresh Studio since 2006, Mike has exhibited extensively through Australia as well as group shows in Brazil, Japan, Miami and New York, and has works in private and public collections locally and abroad, including acquisitions by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, as well as working in institutions such as National Gallery of Victoria and MONA Tasmania.

Makatron works with both ‘bucket paint’ and aerosol paints.

His work is preoccupied with the interface between man, beast and machine. Presenting a visual riot that stimulates the mind, Mike’s art conveys an imperative message to those confined in the concrete jungle to stay connected to the animal within them that lives in the natural world. Therefore, his murals feature fantasy jungle scenes, animals like elephants, rhinos, hippos, amphibians and bees etc.

His piece is about the human cause of plastic in our environment, and it’s effect on nature, in particular oceans. The piece references the classic theme of message in a bottle. His work is rarely political or educational, he prefers to have subtle themes, slightly psychedelic, often about Nature vs Nurture, Reproduction mechanics in nature, and occasionally references to surrealism.

Website: https://www.instagram.com/mike.makatron/?hl=en

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Gallery Lane, Frankston VIC